ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – The city of Arlington announced Friday that it will start targeted spraying for West Nile carrying mosquitoes this Sunday.

Arlington officials say the spraying will start this Sunday and will run through Tuesday, August 21 between 10:30 pm
and 4 am.

In a press release, Arlington Fire Chief Don Crowson said, “The City has been actively testing mosquitoes for a number of weeks and monitoring the results. We’ve been watching trends and reacting accordingly and now we are at the point where targeted spraying in some places is the best option.”

The city says based on its test results, it has selected three areas as options for the targeted spraying:

Residents will be notified 48 hours prior to any ground spraying  in their neighborhood.

Arlington will use a pesticide called Envion in the specific areas.  The city says it “poses non significant health risk,” but the city asks residents to follow these precautions:

  1. Whenever possible, stay indoors during spraying.
  2. Persons with asthma or other respiratory conditions are encouraged to stay inside during spraying since there is a possibility that spraying could worsen these conditions.
  3. Air conditioners may remain on. But if you wish to reduce the possibility of indoor exposure to pesticides, set the air conditioner vent to the closed position, or choose the recirculate function.
  4. Remove children’s toys, outdoor equipment and clothes from outdoor areas during spraying. If these items are exposed to pesticides, wash with soap and water before using again.
  5. Wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water.
  6. Always wash your produce thoroughly before cooking or eating.

Arlington officials plan to do follow up testing of the targeted areas after the initial spraying.

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